Also known as the Republic of China, this small island nation off the eastern coast of China is one of Asia's economic powerhouses. It's also a cultural Mecca for anyone interested in ancient Chinese art and artifacts—the National Museum in Taipei holds a huge collection that spans 8,000 years of Chinese history. These treasures were evacuated from mainland China when the communists took over and Chiang Kai-shek moved his government to Taipei. Outside of the hustle and bustle of Taiwan's high-tech capital city, enjoy mountain resorts, tropical beaches, and lush national forests.
- Eat by Streetlight The best snacking in Taiwan is to be done at the night markets that can be found in every city.
- Buy a Ticket to Ride Drive a scooter around Taiwan's verdant coast and feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your face.
- Experience a Different "China." Taiwan may be the Republic of China, but it's far more laid back than its giant sibling to the northwest.
- Visit a Coral Island On Lamay Island, Taiwan's largest coral island, coral is used, among other things, for building fences.
- Appreciate Chinese Antiquities. The Kuomintang fled to Taiwan with quite the bundle of Chinese artifacts and antiques, all of which are now housed in the National Palace Museum.